Rare Breeds Show 2016 - Weald & Downland Museum

Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, 17 July 2016

An annual celebration of the diversity of rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock. The Rare & Traditional Breeds Show has become one of the South East’s most popular agricultural shows since its inception as the Singleton Show in July 1985 and will be held on our beautiful downland site on Sunday 17 July 2016.

UK smallholders play a vital role in nurturing rare and traditional breeds of livestock, and several hundred cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats will take part in the show. The Rare & Traditional Breeds Show has a strong following from exhibitors and visitors who value its friendly and traditional atmosphere. Most importantly, the next generation of exhibitors and stockmen are actively encouraged to participate in the showing and compete for prizes.

Take a look at the Rare Breeds livestock schedule here.

Sponsor a class from just £45

Sponsorship makes a great gift and includes tickets to the show, plus a mention in the show programme. Classes are held for cattle, pigs, sheep and goats – download a sponsorship form here.

Don’t miss The Sheep Show shuffle – yes dancing sheep!

Watch the award-winning demonstration, The Sheep Show – a fun and educational live show of sheep breeds and shearing. “It’s a bit like Miss World in sheep”, says New Zealander Richard Savoy who owns and operates the show from their farm in Norfolk.

Sheep Show Shuffle

Other attractions at the show include a wide range of local crafts, trade stands with farm animal and countryside themes, locally produced food, plus the opportunity to explore the 50 historic buildings on the Museum’s 40-acre site. There is a lot to see and do at this fun event for the whole family to enjoy.

If you’d like to enter our fleece and hand-spun competition, please download the schedule and entry form here.

Information for visitors

The Museum’s opening hours change for this show, for health and safety reasons. The show will open at 10.00am and close  4.30pm. Regular Museum admission fees include entry to the Rare & Traditional Breeds Show. The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.